Fred Angeli honored by grocers’ group
LANSING—Michigan Grocers Association (MGA) has announced that the inaugural Al Kessel Outstanding Achievement Award recipients are Iron River’s Fred Angeli of Angeli Foods and Spartan Stores Inc. of Grand Rapids.
The 2013 outstanding retailer, Fred Angeli, is a third-generation retailer who owns grocery stores in Iron River, Menominee and Marinette, Wis., employing more than 350 people.
The Angeli family has been in the food business for 96 years, and Fred has helped the company grow into a successful regional business. He was nominated by James Kessel, who works for MGA member Kessel Enterprises, which operates Save-A-Lot and Pet Supplies Plus stores in the Flint-Saginaw area.
“While Angeli Foods has a long list of community commitments, said MGA President and CEO Linda Gobler. “James put it best when he said, ‘Angeli’s is the community!’
“Fred has earned the respect and admiration from his community, colleagues and the entire food industry. His passion and dedication make his selection a well-deserved acknowledgment.”
MGA created the awards to honor the memory of former grocer and MGA member Al Kessel Jr. who died in December 2012. He was the founder of Kessel Food Markets, which served Flint, Saginaw, Bay City and Corunna from 1981 to 2000.
To reflect his generous spirit, the awards recognize the company, industry, and community achievements of one outstanding retailer and one outstanding business partner.”
Anyone could nominate a deserving MGA-member company or individual. Nominations were reviewed, and winners were selected on Aug. 6 by a 12-member MGA committee.
The 2013 outstanding business partner is Spartan Stores’ “entire team of associates” as nominated by MGA Member Bill McDonough of McDonough’s Market on Beaver Island.
Bill hails Spartan Stores because, “As individuals and as a team, Spartan Stores’ associates and their company have won many local, state and national awards and recognition,” he said. “As well as contributing in a professional manner to the entire grocery industry, as a team they demonstrate the qualities and contributions we all must accomplish to earn respect, loyalty, confidence, integrity, and longevity.”
As the nation’s 10th largest grocery distributor, Spartan was recognized in 2013 by Forbes as one of America’s 100 Most Trustworthy Companies. Like Angeli’s, Spartan was first organized in 1917. Today, the company owns and operates 101 supermarkets, supplies approximately 390 independent grocery locations, and employs over 8,700 associates.
The awards will be presented at the MGA Fall Conference and Trade Show, on Sunday, Sept. 15, at Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville. This is the state’s premier event for the food industry.
In its 115th year, Michigan Grocers Association is the voice of the state’s supermarket and grocery industry, representing more than 700 leading chain and independent retail stores and nearly 100 manufacturers, wholesalers, and distributors. MGA provides Michigan food businesses with knowledge, solutions, and connections to ensure the industry’s continued success.